Out to Lunch

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Photo by Rick Lineberger

Yes You Can

Yes You Can
December 29, 2016

Did you know that more people are scared of public speaking than are scared of heights or spiders? And that, when asked, people rank fear of public speaking as even greater than fear of commitment? Think about that. Most of us are more scared of standing up in front of strangers for 5 minutes than committing to a relationship for a lifetime. Not Jeff Harris. Jeff is an expert on public speaking. He’s... Read More »

Power Up and Away

Power Up and Away
December 22, 2016

There are places in the world nobody wants to be. Jail. Hospital. And stuck in an airport, which can feel like a combination of the previous two. If you’ve ever sat for hours in an airport and cursed the fact that you can’t fly direct from New Orleans to where you want to go, so has Trey Fayard. That’s why Trey started up New Orleans based GLO Airlines. There’s an even worse circle... Read More »

Ctrl Alt Doc

Ctrl Alt Doc
December 8, 2016

We’ve seen major sectors of the US economy change over the last few years. Retail and energy have both been shaken up. But probably nothing has gotten more people shaken up than changes in healthcare. Peter's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch are shaking up healthcare in New Orleans. Dr. Mark Berenson’s clinic is a black Samsonite bag. Dr. Berenson is New Orleans’ only house call doctor. Dr. Richard Milani is... Read More »

Designer Selfie

Designer Selfie
November 17, 2016

Believe it or not, it was only 2013 that the word “selfie” was created. Photography used to be a highly technical and creatively demanding art-form. Whether or not taking portraits of ourselves with our phones is the all-time low in the world of photographic arts, only time will tell. For the last decade and a half, photographer Zack Smith has been chronicling the cultural life of New Orleans. He has also carved... Read More »

Making Groceries

Making Groceries
November 10, 2016

Have you been to Costco? Or Trader Joes? Or Whole Foods? Or any of the who-knows-how-many other grocery stores in New Orleans? Have you noticed that any time you go, every store  always seems busy. There’s no doubt that here in New Orleans we have a love affair with grocery shopping. We even have our own unique name for it – making groceries. On this edition of Out to Lunch we’re talking... Read More »

Great Idea

Great Idea
November 3, 2016

When it comes to having a great idea in business, the difference between success and failure is hard to pin down till you’re one or the other. Lisa Lloyd doesn’t have the luxury of hindsight. Lisa is an inventor. She has invented products that have made millions. And she has had days that weren’t so good. On today's Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti discusses the invention business with Lisa Lloyd from... Read More »

Wood

Wood
October 13, 2016

In the new New Orleans economy we’re used to hearing success stories about exciting new tech businesses that make apps for your phone and other products that couldn’t have even existed a few years ago. Alongside all this tech wizardry there are folks who are making things the old fashioned way – with hammers, nails, and glue. Jon Dijkhuizen has a company called NOLA Woodworks that makes hand crafted wooden outdoor furniture -... Read More »

The Secret Life of Buildings

The Secret Life of Buildings
October 6, 2016

Somewhere along the line, somebody decided that seeing we live in an environment of extreme humidity and termites, it would be a great idea if we all lived in wooden houses.  As a consequence, we’re pretty much all familiar with the headaches of renovation and construction. But not as familiar as Scott Wolfe. Scott’s company, Zlien, specializes in taking on the painful parts of construction so other people in the construction industry... Read More »

Steamy Eyes

Steamy Eyes
September 29, 2016

When you live in a place for a while you get used to things. So much so that you hardly notice them anymore, no matter how outlandish they might be. For example, you can wander around New Orleans' French Quarter with the sound of the calliope blasting over the whole city and not think anything of it. If you do ever stop to think about that calliope music, one of the things... Read More »

Drive and Re-Drive

Drive and Re-Drive
September 1, 2016

When was the last time you bought a car? After you bought it, if it was new, did you think you could have gotten a better deal? If it was used, did you notice something a few days later that you’d wished you’d seen before you bought it?  Those days of car buyer remorse are over, thanks to a New Orleans startup business called ReDrive. Co-founder of ReDrive, Max Burwick, joins Peter Ricchiuti on... Read More »

The 13 Block Empire on the River

The 13 Block Empire on the River
August 18, 2016

A lot of tourists who come to New Orleans go home and describe the city as an oasis of European-looking streets lined with music clubs where people wander around drinking cocktails and eating beignets 24 hours a day. This fabulous wonderland is the same 13 riverside blocks that locals describe as dirty, smelly, crime-ridden, home to gutter punks, T-shirt shops, and over-priced restaurants they wouldn’t go to even if they could... Read More »

The Swimming Game

The Swimming Game
August 11, 2016

According to the reputable Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation, right around twenty percent of the population of the United States is under 15. That’s a sizeable market. You don’t have to look very far to see the marketers of stuff that kids like trying to sell it to them. Mostly food and toys. Which demonstrates that we don’t change all that much as we grow older. But there are other businesses aimed at kids... Read More »

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